This essay reads Lyotard's “Argumentation and Presentation” as a transitional text that clarifies the passage from the phrase-based analysis of The Differend to the late work on infancy and affect. It is argued that in it Lyotard continues to develop very general questions about the relation of being and thought that are already crucial to his early work in Discourse, Figure.
Geoffrey Bennington is Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought at Emory University, where he is also chair of the Department of Comparative Literature. He is the author of fifteen books and many articles and chapters on philosophical and literary-theoretical topics and a translator of Lyotard and Derrida.
Geoffrey Bennington; Opening Up. Cultural Politics 1 July 2013; 9 (2): 203–211. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/17432197-2146111
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